6 Major Types of Bug Out Vehicles and Their Advantages



There are many other preparedness items that you should look at before changing your Bug-Out Vehicle (BOV), but if you are going to anyways, let’s discuss the different types of vehicles that are great Bug-Out capable machines.  There are always options, such as Four-Wheel Drive, that makes a vehicle better, but I am leaving the options out of this.  The main types of Bug Out Vehicles are:

  1. Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs)
  2. Trucks
  3. RVs
  4. Vans
  5. Motorcycles
  6. Boats

Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) Provide All-Terrain Comfort

SUVs generally provide a good all-terrain platform.  The suspension is designed for bumps while keeping the passengers relatively comfortable in the process.  The approach, break over, and departure angles are usually decent so you don’t get stuck, unable to work yourself out.

Many times, trucks and SUVs share the same frame, therefor have similar frame strengths.

Trucks are Rugged All-Terrain Haulers

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Like SUVs, Trucks provide decent approach and departure angles, but not as well as many specifically designed SUVs.

The big benefit of a truck is its ability to provide torque for hauling large loads without expensive options.  They also are designed to put a bunch of weight in the bed on the back of the truck.  The drive train is usually a little stronger than most vehicles to provide this torque and hauling functionality.

Even though the suspension is many times stiffer than other vehicles, it is designed for all-terrain hazards.

Vans are Powerful, Comfortable, Weight Haulers

Many vans are sitting on modified truck chassis.  They are designed for a large family and all their gear.  The manufacturers know that you will pile 7 people in it with the added weight for groceries and sports gear.  At the same time, they need to be comfortable for the family, and long road trips with the kids.

Many times, the vans do just fine with all the weight plus an additional stack of luggage on the roof rack.  It would be easy to determine that a typical MINI-van will haul 1500 pounds of people and gear.

Full vans are designed to carry even more if you get one that is meant as a work van.  They carry tools all over the place, and tools are HEAVY!

Recreation Vehicles (RVs) and Campers Carry Everything!

Take everything I said about vans, and scale it way up.  RVs have very powerful engines and are designed to haul tons of weight.  They already have to carry everything, including the kitchen sink!

The correct RV or Camper is designed for a family to LIVE in it for a temporary amount of time, instead of just driving between places.  This design makes a very attractive Bug-Out Vehicle (BOV).

Both RVs and Campers provide you with an insane amount of space for storage.  If you planned to bug out with one of these, you would be able to store much of your bug-in food in them, meaning less time to pack and leave!  It also means that you will have much more gear and comforts on the go.

Motorcycles are Nimble and Fast Personal Bug-Out Vehicles (BOVs)

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Motorcycles are extremely nimble.  If you are bugging out alone, this is a great option because it is much more difficult to get stuck in traffic.  I cannot stress enough how important it is to NOT get stuck in traffic.  They also can generally travel faster, with higher acceleration capabilities than most vehicles.

If you decide to use a road-bike, you are likely to be comfortable for a long distance.  They also have more carrying capacity than other motorcycles.

Dirt Bikes or off-road bikes have the ability to go places that almost nothing else can go.  You will give up some load carrying capacity for this, but will be able to get around, or over, many more obstacles.

Boats Take You Off-Land, Where Few People Can Go

This category is huge.  What do you want to do?  Just get across the river or live for weeks?  There is a different boat for everything that you want to do.

If you want to get from here to there, a simple john boat or bass boat could do the trick.  They can hold a lot of gear and can quickly (and comparatively cheaply) get you where you need to go.

If you want to live for a while on a boat, there are house boats, ocean-going vessels, and even tug boats.  You can get to deeper water for fishing, get way out of dodge, and live away from most people.  Just be aware that pirates DO exist.

Other Creative Vehicles You Probably Didn’t Think About

I could call anything a vehicle.  I would never finish the list if I kept adding to it.  I could call a good pair of hiking shoes a “Bug Out Vehicle” if I wanted to go far enough with the list.  Here are a few creative items that you may not have thought of… within reason.

  • Bicycle, Road Bike, Mountain Bike
  • All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), Four-Wheelers, Three-Wheelers
  • Road Trikes
  • Superlight Aircraft
  • Manual Powered Boats, Kayaks, Canoes

Get a Vehicle that Will Support Your Needs

Every type of automobile will have advantages and disadvantages for use as a Bug-Out Vehicle (BOV).  Determine which ones are most important to you, and you will easily be able to sift through all of the choices.

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